|Birth: ||Aug. 24, 1921|
San Diego County
|Death: ||Jan. 26, 2007|
John is the son of John George Chickenoff and Anna Ivanovna Shubin. He is one of eleven children: Anna, Nellie, Stella, George (1916-1920), Hazel, John, George, Susie, Alec (before 1924-before 1924), Alec, and Hazel.
John married Mary William Slivkoff about 1941 in San Francisco, CA. They had four children: Mary Jane, Ellen, Paula, and Carol.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat on Tuesday 1/30/07:
George Chickenoff was born on August 24, 1921 in San Diego, CA. He lived 73 of his 85 years in Santa Rosa, CA. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during WWII. After the war he returned to Santa Rosa and married the love of his life, Mary Slivkoff. He passed away on January 26, 2007, just a few weeks shy of their 60th wedding anniversary. For 30 years he worked at Hamilton AFB where he became a civilian Crew Chief in the Aero-Repair section as a Senior Aircraft Mechanic working on everything from P-30's to Billy Mitchell's B-25's and the supersonic jets that came after the war. He helped restore a B-29, "Fertile Myrtle" which is now in the Weeks Air Museum in Florida. George had many interests, among them were snorkeling, SCUBA diving, competition horseshoe pitching and gardening. He is survived by his loving wife Mary, his daughters Mary Gurney of Lancaster, Ellen Roantree of San Francisco, Paula Lawrence of Alameda, Carol King of Santa Rosa, his sisters Susie Adam and Hazel Melnikoff, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. The family is deeply grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff at SRMH who cared for George in the last days of his life and to the many friends who prayed for him. Visitation will be held on Tuesday January 30, 2007 from 9:00AM – 8:00PM at Daniels Chapel Of The Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa. Services will be held on Wednesday January 31, 2007 at 1:00PM at DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES.
Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) - January 30, 2007
Deceased Name: GEORGE CHICKENOFF
Aircraft mechanic George Chickenoff applied precision to his job and family life alike -- from restoring a World War II B-29 bomber, to ensuring auto repairmen safely fixed his daughters' cars, to teaching Russian to his grandson.
''He would always say, 'The pilot can't pull over,''' recalled daughter Paula Lawrence of Alameda. He worked 30 years at Hamilton Air Force Base in Novato, ''so it was very important for him to get things right.''
The longtime Santa Rosa man died Friday, having suffered complications after a recent surgery. He was 85 and only a few weeks shy of celebrating 60 years of marriage to Santa Rosa native Mary Slivkoff , who, like him, was a child of Russian immigrants.
Chickenoff was born Aug. 24, 1921, in San Diego, one of 14 children. He attended schools in Kerman and Santa Rosa, and after Santa Rosa High School studied aircraft mechanics at Samuel Gompers Trade School in San Francisco.
He launched his career in 1941 at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento and after a two-year stint at Hamilton Air Force Base, joined the Navy in June 1944. He began active service one day after D-Day.
He worked as an aircraft mechanic on Saipan, Tinian and Guam in the South Pacific and earned the Victory Medal and Asiatic-Pacific Medal.
Returning to Santa Rosa in 1946, Chickenoff was registering his discharge papers at the Sonoma County Recorder's office when he bumped into Slivkoff , an acquaintance from the Russian Molokan church. They married Feb. 16, 1947, in San Francisco.
During his three decades at Hamilton he became a civilian crew chief in the aero-repair division, working on P-30s, B-25s and supersonic jets. The ''Fertile Myrtle'' B-29 he helped restore is housed in a Florida museum.
Chickenoff traveled throughout northern California in competitions staged by the National Association of Horseshoe Pitchers, and roamed the Sonoma Coast with his wife and four children during his snorkeling, SCUBA and abalone-diving adventures.
''The backyard is still lined with abalone shells from his diving experiences,'' said his son-in-law Michael King of Santa Rosa.
He also cured olives, grew dahlias and ''huge'' tomatoes, worked word puzzles, read Westerns and shared his love of Russian language and music with family.
When 4th-grade grandson Alexander Lawrence traveled from the East Bay on Saturdays for his grandfather's tutelage, ''we'd come up ... and he had spent the previous week preparing for the lesson,'' Chickenoff's daughter recalled.
Along with his wife in Santa Rosa and daughter in Alameda, Chickenoff is survived by daughters Mary Gurney of Lancaster, Ellen Roantree of San Francisco and Carol King of Santa Rosa. He leaves sisters Susie Adam in Lindsay, Hazel Melnikoff in San Mateo, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held today from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. Funeral services will take place Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, with interment in Santa Rosa Memorial Park.
-- Katy Hillenmeyer
John George Chickenoff (1881 - 1947)
Anna Ivanovna Shubin Chickenoff (1883 - 1967)
Anna Ivanova Chickenoff Shubin (1908 - 1999)*
Nellie John Chickenoff (1912 - 1986)*
Stella Ivanovna Chickenoff Susoeff (1914 - 2000)*
George John Chickenoff (1921 - 2007)
Susie John Chickenoff Adam (1922 - 2014)*
Santa Rosa Memorial Park
Created by: Nancy Poppin Umland
Record added: Feb 25, 2010
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